Sunday, 26 June 2016

Shabby Chic Tissue Box

Hi there and thank-you for taking the time.

I've an altered tissue box to display today. It began as kraft coloured cardboard but now it's a whole lot prettier...

I painted box white. Then used servietten technique to adhere an embossed white napkin to all sides (a lot of the raised detail of this was lost - unfortunately it got flattened as I stencilled etc). I tried some sepia text stamping for contrast but ended up painting over this as it looked way too busy. Instead I decorated with lots of Shabby White and Ivory Frantage.

Used stencils by Wendy Vecchi and Tim Holtz to stencil all sides with both pearlescent texture paste and crackled stencil paste. The Melissa Frances centre resin frame reminded me of "Ring a Ring o' Roses" so I've typed a more optimistic sentiment inside frame. The little resin angel is by Prima. All the decorative corners are made by me using paperclay and silicone moulds. Dabbed all the white embellishments with gilding wax.

Next, a twirl to the rear. The brass feet are by Graphic 45 (added extra gilding), ribbon is from stash and tissues are by Kleenex!

Many thanks for stopping by and a special shoutout of appreciation to the lovely peeps who leave a comment.

Have a great week!
Nicola x

I wish to enter tissue box to the following challenges:
Simply Neutrals - Challenge 26
A Vintage Journey - Texture or Embossing Paste
Country View Crafts - Crackle
City Crafter - White & Bright
The Crazy Challenge - R is for (Resin and Ribbon)
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
Love To Create - Anything Creative / Mixed Media

Friday, 17 June 2016

Workshop with Dorota

Greetings and Welcome!

There are lots of craft bloggers whose work I admire, but very much top of the list of card makers I aspire to is the wonderful Dorota Kopeć. If you are not familiar with her blog then I'm sure you will know of her creations on Pinterest, where she is prolifically pinned - she must hold some sort of record there!

Dorota recently visited our shores to hold a workshop near Dublin, and yay I was able to attend. It was a brilliant day, impeccably hosted by the lovely Agnieszka Barska and a pleasure to meet lots of like-minded ladies. We made 2 cards, 2 tags and an album (although 3 of these are still works in progress with me as I've been otherwise diverted).

Just posting one of the cards I made at the workshop ...

Thanks so very much Dorota for visiting Ireland! If anyone gets the chance to attend workshops elsewhere then you are assured of a fantastic day.

Happy Weekend and many thanks for your visit!
Nicola x

Friday, 3 June 2016

Welcome Beautiful Baby Boy

Greetings from sunny Dublin, (yes you did read that right!). Forecast good too!

So pleased that a perfect little baby boy arrived safely recently. He is another darling beauty and here's the card I made to welcome him...

Papers: Maja Design
Dies: Spellbinders / A Gilded Life 'Petite Monarch', MFT Dienamics 'Stitched Fishtail Flags'
Punches: Martha Stewart Edge Punches 'Threader' and 'Doily Lace'
Embellishments: Silver charms by Nunn Design. White Metal Expressions by Making Memories. Buttons, Ribbons, Wool and Pearls from stash

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a lovely weekend,
Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges:
Simon Monday - Monochrome
Scrapyland - Anything Goes (using die brand carried by Scrapyland)
ABC Challenge - I is for Important Event
Special Day Cards - Birthday card with stripes
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes plus a sentiment
Craft Rocket Challenges - Monochrome
Crafty Sentiments - Gems or Pearls challenge